Sony is cutting the price of its PlayStation 2 by $30 in the US from April 1st, bringing it down from $130 to $99. But despite all the web speculation, there's no price drop on the PS3. At least for now.
Sony said it would make a major announcement this week, which is what prompted rumours that the PS3's price (£299) might be realigned to bring it closer to that of the highly successful Nintendo Wii (£180) and Xbox 360 (from £129-£229).
In fact, it's the company's last-generation console, first introduced in Japan nine years ago, that comes down in price. There will be a similar drop in Europe, with the price falling from 130 to 99 Euros, but in the UK the PS2 remains steadfastly at its current price of £94.99. Blame the exchange rate.
Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, says: "Demand for PS2 remains strong throughout the world, and the new $99 price point will will bring in new consumers who will discover how PlayStation platforms are an outstanding choice for their gaming and home entertainment needs."
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Industry experts are still speculating that a PS3 price cut could be announced at the E3 Expo in LA on June 2-4.